After our week with Carri, we headed out of town with our friend visiting from Ciudad Juarez to the town of Taxco which is famous for its silversmiths and is known as a piece of the Mediterranean in Mexico. The town was built into the side of a hill near silver mines and is filled with super steep, twisting cobblestone streets. All the houses are all white stucco with red tile roofs, and it is very picturesque. So much so that we didn't get a single picture of ourselves, so I guess you'll just have to take our word for it that we actually went there.
Nestled into the hillside
Water anyone? BYO Bucket!
Views of town
The church in the main square
After a busy morning of silver shopping, we started looking for someplace to have lunch. Our guidebook recommended "Bertha's Bar" since it is apparently where the margarita was invented, although they call it a bertha...so I wasn't totally convinced of that alleged story. Anyway, we checked it out but it took the term "hole in the wall" a little too literally, and we decided that if the food didn't kill us, the clientele would.
After wandering around looking lost, we were approached by a promotore for one of the rooftop restaurants. He showed us a picture of the restaurant and the food, and we agreed to follow him up about 1,000 flights of stairs, hallways, alleys and sketchy looking "shops" to what turned out to be a really great restaurant with views of the zocalo, church, town and the surrounding mountains. Naturally, we were given English menus and encouraged to get busy with the drinkin' like good Americans!
We thought about getting the hot bbq WIGS,
but thought they might be a bit too hairy..
Then considered the NOODIE soup,
but were nervous about what that might imply...
Although the CHISTORRA sounded delicious,
the lack of translation or explanation caused some apprehension among all three diners...
We settled for a guacamole stegosaurus...rawr...and some enchiladas
Despite it's sign, this was actually a really nice jewelry mall
...although our arrival at 10:30 in the morning beat most of the shopkeepers by at least 3 hours
Ok, I guess I did get one shot of Autumn from the back!
This was on our way back to the "valet" parking where after checking the car in, we were pretty sure we would not be seeing that car again, and would probably just have to ride the bus home. Happily, it was returned to us in perfect condition...a 50 cents well spent!
The drive back down this street was interesting to say the least.
It was so great to hang out with Katie all day, and we all came home with some fabulous silver gifts and treasures.
...And finally, a shout out to Mrs. Winston in the Buj!
You'd be very proud of the locals representin' for your Minnesota Vikings...or maybe they're just regular vikings...you be the judge.
Translation: The Vikings Restaurant: Bar - Cake Shop
That's right...Carnitas Vikingos! in Cuernavaca
I'll take one ludefisk carnita please!